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It’s hard enough getting your kids to stick to a nighttime routine. But when their bed doubles as a fort, a pirate ship or the mid-century modern house of your their dreams, they might just head to their rooms without a fight (or, at the very least, one less “but I need a drink of water!” stalling tactic). While researching our upcoming Happy Kid Awards—a guide to the best products for children of all ages—we came across what we’re deeming the absolute coolest beds of 2021. They’re too fun not to share with you.

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Wayfair

1. Schmid Twin Low-Loft Bed

It’s hard to grumble about getting out of bed in the morning when you’re zipping down a slide. But that’s far from the bed’s only perk: (1) There’s no need for a box spring. (2) The guard rails double as a chalkboard. (3) It’s raised 19 inches off the ground, leaving you with plenty of glorious toy storage underneath (and it’s not so high that you can’t change the sheets easily).

BUY IT ($430)

Wayfair

2. Harriet Bee Hazzard Bunk Bed with Bookcase & Trundle

Bunk beds are a go-to for kids who share rooms, but what we love about this style is its under-stairs storage and pull-out trundle bed, making it ideal for sleepovers. (Oh, and if the kids get their own rooms down the road, you can turn it into two separate bed frames.)

BUY IT ($810)

Wayfair

3. Elisha Canopy Bed

If you’ve ever wanted to play fairy godmother, now’s your chance. This whimsical little carriage is pricey, sure, but it’s guaranteed to be the focal point of the room (meaning you won’t need much else to create a Cinderella-worthy space).

BUY IT ($600)

Crate & Kids

4. Tiny House Toddler Bed

Your son’s begging for a playhouse, but he really needs a toddler bed—well, problem solved. This wooden bed features large window cutouts and a skylight, so your kid won’t feel claustrophobic sitting inside…and it’s chic enough that you might want to hang out there too.

BUY IT ($899; $500)

Wayfair

5. Clementine Twin Canopy Bed

Canopy beds are making a comeback, and this style is about as classic as it gets. The curved metal frame looks delicate, but it’s pretty sturdy, supporting up to 225 pounds.

BUY IT ($280)

AMAZON

6. Dune Buggy Twin Bed

No lineup of cool kids’ beds would be complete without something car-inspired. This dune buggy is a fun twist on the traditional racecar, and the open metal frame makes it easy to get in and out. And if the looks don’t convince you, maybe this review will: “My grandson goes to bed early, and actually asks my daughter: ‘Is it all right if I go to bed NOW?’”

$263 AT AMAZON

AMAZON

7. ‘Cars 3’ Toddler Bed

Dune buggies are cool and all, but your kid’s a Lightning McQueen fan through and through, and nothing but the real deal will do. We get it. For $80, it’s hard to beat this toddler bed, which has all of the personality of the Cars star—minus the price tag that often comes with character beds.

$80 AT AMAZON

Crate & Kids

8. Rattan Twin Daybed

Your child is officially a tween: Her bedroom is embarrassing, your penchant for skinny jeans is embarrassing, existence is embarrassing. What a season of life! Well, there’s one thing Gen Z and its predecessors can agree on: the return of rattan. This boho-inspired daybed is sleek and chic.

BUY IT ($999)

BED BATH & BEYOND

9. Poppy House Twin Bed

Throw a sheet over this bed, and you have an instant fort. Leave it bare, and it’s still a pretty cool minimalist getaway. But the best part is the built-in book ledge, so you can keep your kid’s favorite bedtime reads within arm’s reach.

BUY IT ($300)

Wayfair

10. Haven Platform Loft Bed

A gold guardrail adds a glam touch—and peace of mind—to this ceiling-skimming loft bed. With 58 inches of space underneath, you can easily fit in a desk, craft area or play kitchen, maximizing every square inch of floor space.

BUY IT ($906; $550)

Pottery Barn Teen

11. West Elm x PBT Modern Captain’s Bed

If you’re looking for a kids’ bed that will last well through the teen years (and maybe later, when you decide to create that gym/office/guest room of your dreams), this is the bed for you. The fair trade-certified wood bed features a pull-out desk and nightstand, as well as five deep drawers to store clothes. So while yes, $1,999 is a lot to pay for a bed, you’re also getting a full bedroom set, minus the stuck-in-the-‘90s, matchy-matchy connotation.

BUY IT ($1,999)

Target

12. Dream on Me 3-in-1 Convertible Toddler Bed

You’ve seen cribs that convert into toddler beds. Well, how about a toddler bed that converts into a kid’s table and chairs? The modern design works with just about any aesthetic, and the bed easily transforms with the addition of a $60 conversion kit.

BUY IT ($122)

RELATED: When to Transition to a Toddler Bed (and How to Do It Smoothly)

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